The Tempest, set in the American Deep South, launches in Kingston this October
By Kingston People | Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 19:16
The Green Theatre Company brings Shakespeare's The Tempest to the stage this autumn with tickets available to book now.
You can book your tickets now for The Tempest which opens in Kingston this October.
The New Malden-based Company, formed in 1986, aims to bring quality drama to the area. Actors tend to come from in and around Kingston and Madeleine Mason, who directs the play, has a background in drama dating back 10 years.
The Tempest was the last play Shakespeare wrote. The plot revolves around Prospero, Duke of Milan, exiled by his own brother, but who now rules over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his deformed slave Caliban and the spirit Ariel. When Prospero raises a storm to avenge his treacherous brother, his long awaited retribution seems to be within reach at last.
This new production of the Tempest will be set in the stifling & sultry swamps of Louisiana, imbued with a spirit of blues and voodoo. Explaining why she chose to set the play in the deep south, Madeleine explains:
"I've always had an interest in the culture of the American south and New Orleans. I saw a lot of similarities between the themes of the play and the history of the southern states. Themes like slavery, colonisation, oppression, religion, bitterness, prejudice, betrayal and the end of an old way of life are common to both. Setting it in the deep south also gave me the opportunity to use voodoo as the magic that Prospero and Ariel deal in, which has a real dramatic element - props, costume, character and music."
The play opens at The Arthur Cotterell Theatre, Kingston College, KT1 2AQ and performances will run on Thursday 17th at 7.30pm, Friday 18th October at 7.30pm and Saturday 19th October at 2.30pm
Tickets are £8 (£6 concessions) and can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 07587 196378.
Alternatively you can pay by cash or cheque on the door.